GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - Greenville Community Shelter has $350,000 left to raise for new building. Staffers say people must deal with poor conditions in their current building.
The new building would help meet the growing needs of the population who stay at the shelter, including families who have fallen on hard times. The current shelter is falling apart. The leaky ceilings, poor insulation, moldy bathrooms and pest issues have become too expensive to fix.
"The term that was used by someone from outside Greenville is deplorable, and it is," said Bob Williams, the shelter's executive director.
Williams said the new facility would have 110 beds versus the current shelter that only holds 78 people. In addition, the new facility would have rooms for families to stay together, which isn't available now.
But Greenville Community Shelter is $350,000 short of its fundraising goal of $2 million.
Charles Barrett has utilized shelter services for three weeks now. He says the conditions inside the shelter are bad.
Director Bob Williams says they're set to break ground on a new facility in August.
If you would like more information on the Greenville Community Shelter or would like to donate, visit www.greenvillecommunityshelter.org/